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Connect and Educate Florida Defense Businesses

Bringing together defense businesses of all sizes from all across the state
Advocate for a Better Business Climate

Making Florida the supplier to the nation
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Our Mission: To promote the business interests of Florida defense contractors through focused, statewide activities in business development, industry education, and advocacy.
  • The only association for Florida defense businesses of all sizes across Florida

  • Leading a statewide business network with members in varied and diverse industries

  • Decades of combined experience in Florida economic development, business development, and governmental affairs

  • Did you know?
    Facts about Florida's defense industry.

The only business association:

Focused on meeting your unique needs.

Connecting you with defense businesses, primes and subcontractors, all across Florida.

With a board like you, comprised of leaders from small to large Florida defense businesses.

Engaged for your success during uncertain times.

Working tirelessly to improve your business climate.

Conducting events, activities, and advocacy specifically tailored for you and your defense business.
Chair, Tim Bagniefski
VP of Marketing and Business Development
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
President, Joe Marino
Independent
Vice-President, Noel McCormick
President
McCormick Stevenson Engineering and Design
Treasurer, Drew Harris
Systems Engineer / Network Administrator
First Commerce Credit Union
Secretary, Sue Englander
President and CEO
EEI Manufacturing Services
More...
Hundreds of Florida companies earn prime contract defense revenue each year, and thousands more are subcontractors.

Each one contributes to and provides the best equipment and services in the world for our men and women serving in the US Armed Forces through:
Advanced Manufacturing
Aerospace
Construction
Engineering
Information Technology
Research and Development
Simulation and Training
Security Services
Transportation and logistics
and more.
Over 100 businesses from international prime contractors to subcontractors are FDCA Members.
Total Military and Defense economic impact: $73.4 Billion
Florida Defense Factbook 2013, Haas Center for Enterprise Florida (EFI)

Federal military procurement is a key driver of Florida’s high-wage, high-technology economy, generating...nearly 200,000 jobs across the state. [T]his accounts for a sizeable portion of Florida employment in key areas such as engineering and manufacturing.
Florida Defense Industry Economic Impact Analysis 2013, Haas Center for EFI

Procurement Totals by Year (in billions):
2000
$5.1
2010
$14.3
2013
$11.2

governmentcontractswon.com

FDCA Corporate Membership
FDCA offers corporate Memberships for Florida defense businesses, prime and sub contractors, of all sizes, which earn revenue supporting or relating to national security (DoD/non-DoD revenue).

We also offer Associate Memberships for organizations which support or provide services to defense businesses.


  • FDCA Members


  • Overall benefits of supporting FDCA with your membership

  • Benefits to fit your unique business


  • Affordable dues for every business size

Directly connect with over 100 FDCA Member businesses from international prime contractors to subcontractors, such as:



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Your dues provide necessary resources for activities towards accomplishing our Mission, which results in:

Supporting Defense Businesses and the Industry
Providing You New Business Opportunities
Lowering Your Cost of Operating in Florida
Making Your Businesses More Competitive
Members Assoc.
Voting Rights
Develop Your Business:
Exclusive Opportunities, Events, and Discounts; Access to Member Only Online 24 hour networking
Promote Your Business:
Listing on Website, Communications, and other online properties
Improve Your Business Climate:
Legislative Advocacy
Maximize Your Participation:
Up to 3 Point of Contact Representatives, sit on committees
Determine your business' Average Annual Florida Defense Revenue (AAFDR).

AAFDR = (Annual Revenue in FL) - (non-defense revenue) - (revenue subcontracted out)

AAFDR 12 month Dues
over $20 M $2000 $166.67/mo
$10 M to $20 M $1000 $83.34/mo
$5 M to $10 M $500 $41.67/mo
$2.5 M to $5 M $250 $20.84/mo
up to $2.5 M $175 $14.59/month
Not a defense business $500
Events Drive Business Development
Businesses development opportunities occur when businesses connect. It takes time to find the right contact at the right company who can help your business succeed. Are you reaching your target audience?
FDCA events are open to all Florida defense business professionals (except the Federal Affairs Workshop). Members receive discounts.


  • Our audience is your audience - activities specifically designed for defense businesses

  • Four Feature Events a year, one a quarter, throughout Florida and Washington DC

  • Networking Mixers provide you an informal and relaxed setting to reach your audience

  • FDCA Webinars are tools for you to exchange knowledge and keep up with what is affecting the industry in Florida and your business

You have many options, and your time is valuable. Your audience attends our events, so you receive a better return on you time and resources investment :
Business owners
CEO's, COO's, CFO's
Business Development Managers
Supply Chain Managers
Engineers
Researchers
and more.
From:
Prime contractors
Subcontractors
Small to Large Businesses
First Coast Defense Expo
November 6, 2014, Jacksonville, FL
Information
Registration Opening Soon
FL Defense Day
Winter, 2015, Tallahassee, FL
Information
Registration Opening Soon
FL Defense Technology Showcase
Spring, 2015, Clearwater, FL
Information
Registration Opening Soon
Federal Affairs Workshop
June 26, 2014, Washington, DC
Information
Registration Open!
FDCA Member Only Event
Coming Soon!

Advocating a Better Business Climate
Florida Capitol Complex The business climate in which you operate greatly affects your competitiveness. Your company is a federal contractor, but is also a Florida business. We have unique issues our industry and businesses need to bring to the attention of state leaders.

Every major industry in Florida has a presence in Tallahassee. FDCA is yours.

Our focal point for advocacy is the Florida Legislature and Executive Branch during the annual Legislative Session. We are working on your behalf for:


  • Defense Works in Florida


  • Unemployment Insurance Relief


Economic development incentive for Florida prime contractors to target and award subcontracts to Florida small business subcontractors

More...
Protect Florida federal contractors reducing workforce, as a result of contract termination for convenience, against higher unemployment insurance rates

More...


Your business may not have the resources for a government affairs staff, or the time and relationships it takes to invest toward a better business climate in Florida; however, a small portion of FDCA membership dues goes towards this vital advocacy work.
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Friday, July 11, 2014

US House, Senate Appropriators Not Yet 'Pre-Conferencing' a 2015 Defense Bill - Defense News

"A senior House aide told CongressWatch “no discussions on this have occurred” when asked if the Appropriations panels have begun what’s known on Capitol Hill as “pre-conferencing” a version of the 2015 Pentagon spending bill.

That tactic has been used before to pass defense legislation when the Senate has been unable to get its own bill done. What typically would occur is both chambers pass different versions of a bill, then a House-Senate conference committee irons out differences and produces a version that gets quick approval in each chamber.

But a years-long partisan fight in the upper chamber over procedure and amendments has made passing any legislation — even department-specific appropriations bills — nearly impossible.

Congressional sources have said for months that a massive continuing resolution that would fund all agencies at past-year levels or an omnibus spending bill that could feature a full 2015 defense appropriations bill likely will be necessary in coming months."

US House, Senate Appropriators Not Yet 'Pre-Conferencing' a 2015 Defense Bill | Defense News | defensenews.com

Adapt faster to new space race, agency CEO warns - Florida Today

"The Space Coast risks irrelevance in the growing commercial space market if its federally controlled spaceport doesn't adapt faster to a changing industry, the state aerospace agency warned Tuesday.

Addressing more than 350 guests at a National Space Club Florida Committee luncheon meeting, Space Florida CEO Frank DiBello said he expects Texas to announce within a week or two that SpaceX will build a privately operated pad near Brownsville for launches of commercial satellites.

DiBello said he was not angry at SpaceX, which will continue to launch government payloads from here and whose CEO, Elon Musk, was making a business decision about where he could best serve commercial customers.

"I am mad as hell, however, that we could not offer him a comparable alternative business site and environment here in time," said DiBello. "That is ... something that has to change.""

Adapt faster to new space race, agency CEO warns

International Partners Key To DoD's New R&D Strategy - Defense News

"The US Defense Department is set to roll out a new strategy this week that is designed to make sure researchers know about ongoing technological developments around the world, and can take advantage of spending by close allies to fill gaps in capabilities and cut costs.

The document, called the “International S&T Engagement Strategy,” aims to use advances in big data technology to create easily searchable databases for use by the Pentagon’s “communities of interest,” 17 groups of experts from across the services and Pentagon offices focused on specific areas of technology."

International Partners Key To DoD's New R&D Strategy | Defense News | defensenews.com

Navy Nominates Bay Defense Alliance for Fisher Award - Department of the Navy

""Bay Defense Alliance is the most selfless and generous group of patriots in the United States," said Navy Cmdr. Hung Cao, commanding officer, Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center. "They are the reason so many of our service members choose to make Bay County their home after their faithful service to our great nation."

The Bay Defense Alliance will compete with nominees from the other services for the Fisher Award. The winner will be honored during a ceremony this fall at the Pentagon.

The Fisher award recognizes and honors a private sector individual or organization that has demonstrated exceptional patriotism and humanitarian concerns for members of the Armed Forces and their families. The Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award program was established in 1996 by the Department of Defense in honor of Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher."

Navy Nominates Bay Defense Alliance for Fisher Award

Air Force limits F-35 flights over Valparaiso due to noise concerns - Northwest Florida Daily News

"The Air Force has decided to continue to limit F-35 flights over Valparaiso in response to residents' concerns over noise.

The decision, announced Friday morning, overruled a previous recommendation to lift the restrictions.

“This decision allows the Air Force to accomplish our training mission while mitigating noise impacts on the local community,” said Kathleen Ferguson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics. “We believe we were able to reach a win-win for the Air Force and the communities surrounding Eglin Air Force Base.”"

Air Force limits F-35 flights over Valparaiso due to noise concerns - Top Story - Northwest Florida Daily News

Custom Manufacturing & Engineering, Pinellas Park, Florida, awarded $7,085,250

Custom Manufacturing & Engineering, Pinellas Park, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $7,085,250 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for purchase of power supplies for various weapons systems. This contract was a competitive acquisition and nine offers were received. Location of performance is Florida, with a July 8, 2015 performance completion date.

Defense.gov Contracts for Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Kaman Precision Products, Inc., Orlando, Florida, awarded $8,475,368.48

Kaman Precision Products, Inc., Orlando, Florida, has been awarded a $8,475,368.48 firm-fixed-price modification (P00016) to FA8681-13-C-0029 for Lot 11 Production of Joint Programmable Fuze systems. The contract modification provides for the exercise of an option for an additional quantity of 3,069 state-of-the-art fuze systems being produced under the basic contract. Work will be performed at Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed by September 2016.

Defense.gov Contracts for Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Orlando, Florida, awarded $200,000,000

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for an amount not to exceed $200,000,000 for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Accelerated Acquisition program. Work will be performed at: Orlando/Melbourne, Florida; Troy, Alabama; Nashua, New Hampshire; Boulder, Colorado; and Cincinnati, Ohio, with an expected completion date of July 6, 2016.

Defense.gov Contracts for Wednesday, July 02, 2014